Dufftown in 1914 was a whisky town surrounded by farming, some quarries, a commercial centre for the wide rural area, a livestock market and thriving shops.
The population of the town and surrounding parishes was some 3,000 people.
The story of Dufftown from 1914 to 1918 is a story similar to so many communities but so telling in the impact of the war years on its people and prosperity.
Over 480 men from Dufftown or associated with Dufftown served in more than 50 different units on land, sea and in the air, while 16 ladies served in 13 locations – some in nursing, others in munitions.
At home much was done to support the war effort through fund raising, knitting for the troops, helping the wounded at Stephen Hospital and with women taking on many of the tasks previously carried out by the men while holding families together. And this against a backcloth of flooding, severe winters, rationing, rising prices and news of increasing casualties.
There were some 175 deaths in the Great War associated with Dufftown, including 11 Canadian volunteers who had returned to their home country to enlist.
The story of Dufftown and its people during the Great War has been researched by Barry Hodge and is told in the article below.
There are still individual stories to be told about Dufftown and the other towns across Moray at that time.
Moray’s War welcomes your contributions in building up an accurate record.